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** When [[spoiler:Lord English's avatar]] is decapitated, his head floats up in the air and a few seconds later explodes, obliterating most of the planet he was a on.

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** When [[spoiler:Lord English's avatar]] is decapitated, decapitated in the FinalBattle, his head floats up in the air and a few seconds later explodes, obliterating most of the planet he was a on.


* Undyne from ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'' is the only monster in the underground capable of [[spoiler:[[{{Determinator}} generating her own Determination]], granting her the ability of]] defying death. (Un)fortunately, if you kill her, it only delays [[ImMelting the inevitable]]. [[spoiler:However, in the Genocide route, when she senses as she dies that all life the entire planet is in danger, she becomes Determined enough to become [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Undyne the Undying]], [[ThatOneBoss the most powerful monster in the entire underground]][[note]]Not counting the [[FromACertainPointOfView easiest enemy]], Sans, who in comparison is more WeakButSkilled.[[/note]]]]

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* Undyne from ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'' is the only monster in the underground capable of [[spoiler:[[{{Determinator}} generating her own Determination]], granting her the ability of]] defying death. (Un)fortunately, if you kill her, it only delays [[ImMelting the inevitable]]. [[spoiler:However, in the Genocide route, when she senses as she dies that all life the entire planet is in danger, she becomes Determined enough to become [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Undyne the Undying]], [[ThatOneBoss the most powerful monster in the entire underground]][[note]]Not counting the [[FromACertainPointOfView [[MetaphoricallyTrue easiest enemy]], Sans, who in comparison is more WeakButSkilled.[[/note]]]]

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* In ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'', Magnus dies in the first few chapters. Because he died a heroic death with a sword in his hand, he becomes an ''einherji'', an undead warrior with limited immortality, and also starts learning about the powers he inherited from his father, the god Frey.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'' has Victim, the Guardian of the eighth floor and a part of the final line of defense of the Great Tomb of Nazarick. Although he is the weakest of all the Floor Guardians in terms of raw power - level 35, while the other Guardians are at level 100 - his purpose is not to fight, but to die. Upon his death, he inflicts massive debuffs to all of his opponents, leaving them vulnerable to being [[ZergRush Zerg Rushed]] by all the other enemies on the eighth floor.

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** [[spoiler:This is proven true for one case in ''Anime/CodeGeassLelouchoftheResurrection'': The BigBad of the film, Queen Shamna, has a Geass that allows her to travel six hours into the past, and it can only activate whenever she dies.]]


* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': With the exception of Slime, all Greydles have an effect that activates when they are destroyed.

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': With the exception of Slime, all Greydles Several monsters have an effect effects that activates only trigger when they are destroyed.destroyed, sent to the Graveyard, or banished.

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* ''Literature/Touch2015'': Kepler becomes a [[BodySnatcher ghost]] when their first body is murdered and they accidentally jump into the body of their own murderer.


** In general, an otherwise powerless person in life once they die has the chance to either end up in Soul Society and develop such spiritual power they could become a Captain-class Soul Reaper...or they become a Hollow and have a chance to become a Vasto Lorde Menos. Either way, they have a chance to basically become a PhysicalGod of the afterlife.



* ''Fanfic/EquestriaGirlsFriendshipSouls'' reveals that [[spoiler:Applejack's father Hard Nail was attacked by a strange Hollow and infected by its bite (much like how [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo's mother Misaki was bitten and infected by the proto-Arrancar White]]), but the infection was contained in his soul and he didn't develop any spiritual powers during his life. When he died, however, that infection and the power that came with it went out of control and his soul was mutated so rapidly that he achieved Arrancar status and enough power to be recognized as the ''Fourth Espada'' only a few years after death. A shame [[AxCrazy it's come at a cost of mental stability]] only barely held in check [[PapaWolf by his care for his adopted Hollow children]].]]

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* ''Fanfic/EquestriaGirlsFriendshipSouls'' reveals ''Fanfic/EquestriaGirlsFriendshipSouls''
** Played with by [[spoiler:Adagio Dazzle, who didn't actually develop any powers when she first died because she was OnlyMostlyDead and there was a chance her body could be fixed enough her soul could be put back inside since her Soul Chain was still intact. But once her Soul Chain was broken during the fight with Grand Fisher and she further ripped what was left out intentionally in order to become a Hollow and create a Garganta for Sunset, the Humane Five, and her sisters back to the living world, the resulting transformation with her innate magical energy allowed her to skip the line of evolution straight to an Adjuchas Hollow and regrew her lost siren gem. And this was all ''before'' she grew strong enough to evolve into a Vasto Lorde and later still an Arrancar worthy as Sixth Espada.]]
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that [[spoiler:Applejack's father Hard Nail was attacked by a strange Hollow and infected by its bite (much like how [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo's mother Misaki was bitten and infected by the proto-Arrancar White]]), but the infection was contained in his soul and he didn't develop any spiritual powers during his life. When he died, however, that infection and the power that came with it went out of control and his soul was mutated so rapidly that he achieved Arrancar status and enough power to be recognized as the ''Fourth Espada'' only a few years after death. A shame [[AxCrazy it's come at a cost of mental stability]] only barely held in check [[PapaWolf by his care for his adopted Hollow children]].]]


* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} attempted to defeat cancer with a HealingFactor that didn't seem to work - until a fatal injury forced it to work at full power.

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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} attempted to defeat cancer with a HealingFactor that didn't seem to work - until a fatal injury forced it to work at full power.


* This is how the immortality of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' characters is triggered in both the movies and series. And it must be a violent death. A bit of an inversion, however, as an immortal is only quasi-immortal, and upon being killed permanently by another immortal their power is absorbed by the one who killed them.

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* This is how the immortality of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' characters is triggered in both the movies and series. And it must be a violent death. At that point, they stop aging and [[ResurrectiveImmortality will revive every time they're killed]]. A bit of an inversion, however, as an immortal is only quasi-immortal, quasi-immortal ([[OffWithHisHead decapitation]] can't be revived from), and upon being killed permanently by another immortal their power is absorbed by the one who killed them.


Winning the SuperPowerLottery is a good thing, right? Well, unless you're BlessedWithSuck or CursedWithAwesome. But what happens when you're a DifferentlyPoweredIndividual whose powers only activate upon your death? Kind of a downer, huh? Well, depending on [[AllDeathsAreFinal whether death is permanent in your setting]], or [[DeathIsCheap not so permanent]], it can range from bad to downright awful. Fortunately (for the persons possessing these powers), permanent death is in the minority regarding this trope. But if it ''is'' permanent, it obviously won't be a useful power during their lifetime, so the real question is: what does it mean for the rest of the world?

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Winning the SuperPowerLottery is a good thing, right? Well, unless you're BlessedWithSuck or CursedWithAwesome. But what happens when you're a DifferentlyPoweredIndividual whose powers only activate upon your death? Kind of a downer, huh? Well, depending on [[AllDeathsAreFinal [[AllDeathsFinal whether death is permanent in your setting]], or [[DeathIsCheap not so permanent]], it can range from bad to downright awful. Fortunately (for the persons possessing these powers), permanent death is in the minority regarding this trope. But if it ''is'' permanent, it obviously won't be a useful power during their lifetime, so the real question is: what does it mean for the rest of the world?


* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': At the end of chapter 70, [[spoiler: Harry]] is killed by Comicbook/{{Daken}}. At the start of chapter 71 [[spoiler: the Phoenix resurrects him and promptly goes on a rampage.]]

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': At the end of chapter 70, [[spoiler: Harry]] is killed by Comicbook/{{Daken}}. At the start of chapter 71 [[spoiler: the Phoenix resurrects him and promptly goes on a rampage.]]

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* The Shakespeare clone in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' was the only Pelvanida test subject who appeared to have no psionic power...until he died and discovered he could live on as a ghost.

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* ''Fanfic/PowerRangersClockwork'': [[spoiler:The Zekar Crystal, and with it the powers of Undeath Hunter Zekar, chooses its wielder when that holder has already died. If anyone else holds it, the strain kills that person. The first holder nearly died when he obtained the Zekar Crystal, but after fighting the Delarian King, he died for good, the strain being too much. Ari!Carter Grayson fared better, since he died at least twice, once prior to the events of ''Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers IV'' and again in the story itself, before becoming the new holder of the Crystal.]]

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